Flyers break out offense, snap 5-game skid

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brian Boucher stopped 32 shots, and five players scored as the slumping Philadelphia Flyers broke out of the doldrums with a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night.

Matt Carle, Ville Leino, Kimmo Timonen, Lukas Krajicek and Simon Gagne scored for Philadelphia, which beat the Devils for the fifth time in six meetings this season. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the lone goal for New Jersey, which dropped two points behind Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division.

The Flyers had dropped five straight and seven of eight, putting their seemingly secure playoff chances in jeopardy. Philadelphia scored more than three goals for the first time in 15 games.

Philadelphia jumped from eighth in the Eastern Conference to sixth, ahead of Montreal and Boston. The Flyers lead ninth-place Atlanta by four points with six games left.

The Devils clinched a playoff berth for the 13th straight season with a win at Montreal on Saturday.

New Jersey outshot Philadelphia 33-25, but NHL wins leader Martin Brodeur allowed five goals for the fifth time this season — twice to Philadelphia.

Carle scored 53 seconds into the game with a slap shot past Brodeur's glove side, his first goal in 15 games. Leino made it 2-0 at 8:18 by poking a rebound through Brodeur's legs.

Timonen broke a 30-game scoring drought 45 seconds into the second period, banging a shot from just above the right circle off the left post and in. That snapped Philadelphia's 0 for 20 slump on the power play.

Boucher was 1-5 in six starts since replacing Michael Leighton as the No. 1 goalie. He was benched Saturday for rookie Johan Backlund in Pittsburgh. Backlund had stopped 22 of 24 shots through two periods before being forced out by a groin injury.

NOTES: Devils LW Zach Parise played in his 400th NHL game. ... Philadelphia has won seven of nine at home. ... The Flyers beat the Devils five times for the first time since the 1988-89 season. ... Kovalchuk has three goals and three assists in three games.